Police Visit, Protestors Vacate
- Sunday, July 16, 2000
Protest Organizers Vacate Office After Police Visit
By NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Times Staff Writer
At least five Los Angeles police officers made an
unexpected visit Saturday night to the MacArthur Park
headquarters that protesters plan to use during the
Democratic National Convention, prompting about 25
organizers to vacate the site, activists and police
The officers from the Rampart Division, which covers
the area, arrived at the office at 1919 W. 7th St.
shortly after 7 p.m. They asked occupants for a copy
of the lease and proof that the office had been
inspected by the Fire Department, said Susan Goldberg,
an organizer with the Direct Action Network, a group
helping to coordinate protests.
Officer Don Cox, an LAPD spokesman, said that "an
officer went by there and saw people running out of a
building" that was believed to be abandoned.
The officer returned to the site with about five other
officers, Cox said Saturday night. Cox was not sure of
the precise number of police who responded. Goldberg
estimated that it was 10 officers.
The police spoke to the occupants, Cox said, and then
"they went away and we went away. That's all there is."
Goldberg said police stood inside the entrance to the
office dubbed "the convergence center." Police told her
and about 25 others that they might be trespassing.
One sergeant, Goldberg said, told her that police are
concerned about protests during the Democratic National
Convention at Staples Center next month.
She said police did not search the building or look
through files. Part of the incident was videotaped by
Goldberg said she told police that the lease was elsewhere
and time was needed to retrieve it and other paperwork, as
well as to contact the group's attorneys.
The group decided to vacate the office after discussions
News of the police visit rapidly spread to the mountains
above Malibu, where 150 activists are meeting to learn
nonviolent protest tactics. When he heard about the
incident, state Sen. Tom Hayden (D-Los Angeles), who was
going to speak to the group, said "the overreaction
He was referring to what activists see as a campaign to
intimidate the up to 50,000 protesters expected to take
to the streets during the convention.
The Los Angeles City Council rescinded permission for
organizers to gather in downtown's Pershing Square. Advocates
of protest groups and labor unions have sued the city to
gain access to the streets around Staples Center.
Police have said a small group of rogue protesters could
damage property, as occurred during demonstrations in Seattle
last November during a World Trade Organization conference.
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